Mariposas Nocturnas: Moths of Central and South America, A Study in Beauty and Diversity by Emmet GowinMariposas Nocturnas: Moths of Central and South America, A Study in Beauty and Diversity by Emmet Gowin

Mariposas Nocturnas: Moths of Central and South America, A Study in Beauty and Diversity

byEmmet Gowin

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A stunning portrait of the nocturnal moths of Central and South America by famed American photographer Emmet Gowin

American photographer Emmet Gowin (b. 1941) is best known for his portraits of his wife, Edith, and their family, as well as for his images documenting the impact of human activity upon landscapes around the world. For the past fifteen years, he has been engaged in an equally profound project on a different scale, capturing the exquisite beauty of more than one thousand species of nocturnal moths in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, French Guiana, and Panama.

These stunning color portraits present the insects-many of which may never have been photographed as living specimens before, and some of which may not be seen again-arrayed in typologies of twenty-five per sheet. The moths are photographed alive, in natural positions and postures, and set against a variety of backgrounds taken from the natural world and images from art history.

Throughout Gowin's distinguished career, his work has addressed urgent concerns. The arresting images ofMariposas Nocturnasextend this reach, as Gowin fosters awareness for a part of nature that is generally left unobserved and calls for a greater awareness of the biodiversity and value of the tropics as a universally shared natural treasure. An essay by Gowin provides a fascinating personal history of his work with biologists and introduces both the photographic and philosophical processes behind this extraordinary project.

Essential reading for audiences both in photography and natural history, this lavishly illustrated volume reminds readers that, as Terry Tempest Williams writes in her foreword, "The world is saturated with loveliness, inhabited by others far more adept at living with uncertainty than we are."

About The Author

Emmet Gowinis emeritus professor of photography at Princeton University. His many books includeEmmet GowinandChanging the Earth. His photographs are in collections around the world, including at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art,...
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Title:Mariposas Nocturnas: Moths of Central and South America, A Study in Beauty and DiversityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 14 × 11 × 0.98 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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"Moths fly by night and Gowin's project is, at its heart, about drawing his jewels out of the shadows. In this sense, Mariposas Nocturnas returns full circle to the invention of photography itself."--Andrea K. Scott, New Yorker